The Best Restaurants That Are Out of Business

Best-Restaurants-That-Are-Out-of-BusinessSome nights when my friend Michele asks me where I’d like to dine out, I will answer, wistfully, “Grange Hall.” After a delicious decade in business, The Grange (as it was often called) closed in 2004, leaving many diners devastated to this day. I find myself daydreaming of a time machine (or a great upgrade to our mobile apps! Are you listening, Josh?) that will transport us back for an evening so we can once again enjoy their beloved burgers. Or the pan-roasted chicken for two. Or the lamb chops. Or…you get the picture. Clearly, Michele and I aren’t alone in feeling a profound and continued loss over Grange Hall and many other restaurants that exist only in our fondest food memories.

This week, Michael Bauer rounded up San Francisco restaurants that have closed during his tenure at the San Francisco Chronicle. Bittersweet memories bubbled up in Baltimore as Charm City’s Restaurant Week Winter 2010 rages, with critic Jacques Kelly waxing nostalgic over gone-but-not-forgotten Baltimore favorites.

If you had a time machine (and if you did, I really hope you would lend it to me at least once), where would you dine? Which restaurant’s closing has left a hole in your heart and a craving that’s still hard to satisfy? Weigh in here or over on Facebook.

Note: The space formerly occupied by Grange Hall is now Commerce, a very fine restaurant that retains some of the Grange’s style and vibe, but with a decidedly different (albeit lovely) menu and without the talented and entertaining Del Pedro tending bar.